December 21st – Project

What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

Well, I have started a lot of new things in 2009. However, most of my new projects are actually beginning in 2010. That said, I will highlight two things that I had going this year.

One thing I took on this year and completed all the way to the end was NaNoWriMo. I took on the challenge to write 50,000 words in one month and finished with over 50k worth of words written and even a day early! I was very proud to have completed that challenge, as I have done it the previous two years and never made it to the end.

The other project I started in 2009 was my goal to move back to Asheville by next summer. In association with this goal, I began a blog to chronicle my journey back to Western North Carolina. This particular project is one that is “in the works.” While I have declared what I am going to do and gotten the gears turning, so to speak, January 1st really begins the “official” countdown to my return to Asheville.

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This blog post is a part of Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

NaNoWriMo Conquered!

Just after 8pm Eastern time tonight, I crossed the 50k word count mark! This made me an official “winner” of NaNoWriMo 2009. My final word count, 50,092. I still have much more to write story wise however, as I am not even halfway through the novel. Well, it could be halfway, but irregardless, there is much to write to complete the first draft of the book.

Feels so good to have accomplished “winning” NaNoWriMo, and I already can’t wait until NaNoWriMo 2010! 🙂

The finish line is in sight!

Oh yes, that glorious finish line is in my sights now. It is merely feet away and soon, oh so soon I will be crossing it’s yellow ribbon line and celebrating. As of last night, I am less than 3,000 words away from the 50k NaNoWriMo winning word count goal. My word count presently sits at 47,314. Yesterday alone, I wrote over four thousand words which was very gratifying. The rush I feel when I am writing and have really dived into the story and into the characters heads is like nothing else. Amazing experience to have.

Vegetarian Writer & NaNoWriMo

I wanted to let my blog readers know that I am now a writer for Examiner.com! My area title is Orlando Vegetarian Food Examiner. This is a great opportunity that I cannot wait to really take advantage of. The amount of articles for the remainder of this month will be low due to NaNoWriMo, but I hope to write at least an article a week once the novel writing is done. Please click on the link and bookmark my page. I really appreciate everyone checking it out and passing the links on to anyone who might also have an interest.
http://www.examiner.com/x-30279-Orlando-Vegetarian-Food-Examiner

Quick update on NaNoWriMo…. I crossed the 30k word count mark late last week and am very happy to be a little more than halfway to 50k. Some writing days are harder than others for me, as I have had days where my characters and story really speak to me and I can write and write and write. Other days have proven to be more of a challenge, as though the characters are telling me to leave them alone and go away. 🙂
Anyway, I am further into Nano than I have ever made it the previous two years I have done the event, so that is already an accomplishment. Next up, hitting the 50k word count goal!

NaNoWriMo Novel in Progress!

So, in the end, I opted to write my Asheville mystery novel for this year’s NaNoWriMo. Thus far, it is going well, I have almost 8,000 words written as of this blog post.

To give a bit of info on the story, it is set in Asheville, North Carolina in the 1930s. It is based upon a true murder that occurred in the Battery Park Hotel in 1936. I have done a great amount of research on not only the murder itself, but on the Battery Park Hotel. So, there will be tidbits of facts sprinkled throughout the book.

Busy, busy, busy!

Apologizes for my lack of updates, life has been keeping me running around lately. I have a lot of thoughts and ideas floating around in my head right now, so much is going on. In fact, one of the things going on is my plan or goal to move back to Asheville next year. I have come to the conclusion that I just miss the mountains so much that I want to move back there as soon as possible. However, I stepped back and realized that while I would more than love to move back there tomorrow, I needed to be realistic. So, I have created a time goal for myself for moving back to AVL. This journey, to get things in order and all will be chronicled in a new blog I started called, Chasing the Dream: The Journey Back to Asheville. Please check it out if you’re interested. I will also use that space to post various Asheville news and what have you, as I am always checking in with what is going on there.

Nanowrimo 2009 is just a month and a day away. I will be participating again this year and cannot wait to get started. Last year, I barely started my crime novel when everything fell apart with my job and all, so I have decided to push the few pages I did write aside and re-start that novel. I haven’t even looked at what I did write, so this will be a completely fresh start on the story. I have already done so much research on it, and have been wanting to get back into writing it. Nano is the perfect time to do just that. So, I can’t wait to dive into a crazy month of writing my ass off. 🙂

This Saturday is the National Heart Association’s Heart Walk. I will be participating in my local 5k walk here in Orlando. Very much looking forward to this, as not only is is a great cause (I will be walking in memory of my grandfather), but it is a great workout. Pictures and a report of the event will be posted either after the walk this weekend or by Monday.

Finally, my married couple friends from Asheville are coming for a visit for a few days to Florida. I will get to have a nice lunch with them on Sunday (vegetarian/vegan style!), so expect some musings and such on that fun time as well with the next blog update.

So, what happened to Nano?

Job loss and having to move back to Florida happened basically.  I was all gung ho about writing “Blood in the Sky” when my former boss sprung the “your job is going to be gone” thing at me.  That said, November 2008’s Nanowrimo came to a screeching halt. I had to deal with the insanity of life and it’s curveballs.

“Blood in the Sky” is being worked on, it’s my novel “baby” and will get completed. I’ve got a lot invested into it, including hours upon hours of research,  so it’s a work in progress. 🙂